Kids With Conduct Problems May Have Brains That Under-React to Painful Images: May Increase Risk of Adult Psychopathy
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In her book, Just like his father, Dr. Liane Leedom talks about the problems of children who have parents who are alcoholics or are prone to violence or are psychopaths. Dr. Leedom, who was married to a man who is no doubt a psychopath, and she had a son by him before her husband went to prison. As a psychiatrist, and as an expert on psychopaths, Dr. Leedom knows that there is a genetic connection to many human traits, psychopathy being one of these, but DNA is not destiny, and if we start early to do interventions, to teach our children empathy, boundaries, and responsibility and model these behaviors for them, it may be possible if we work early enough that we can prevent these “at risk” children from becoming offending adults.
If your child(ren) have a parent who is a violent offender, or a repeat offender, or an offender who is addicted to substance abuse, there may be a genetic predisposition, but DNA is not always destiny. My son Patrick is an extreme example, just as the son of Charity Lee, Paris, is an extreme example. I know I tried with therapy, and everything I knew to do and Patrick still made choices to do horrible things, and he has no empathy, and no remorse, just like Paris Bennet. But that is not the case with all children who have disordered and offending parents.
Dr. Leedom’s website about parent the “at risk child” (link located on the left of the screen) is a good place to start if your children have an offending parent, or if you are seeing conduct problems in your child. Starting early is best, of course, but it is never too late to start focusing on changing the child’s behaviors. There does come a time though, when like many of us, when we see that the behavior is set in stone and the only “remorse” shown is not a change of behavior but “lip service” to get us to do whatever it is that they want us to do, at which time then they will continue to do the offending behaviors.